Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday demanded the immediate dismissal of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar for "failing" to check rising prices of essential commodities.
"Pawar should be termed as a minister of price rise. He took decisions not in favour of farmers but for middlemen. Whenever Pawar opens his mouth, prices of essential commodities shoot up," Prasad said, taking a dig at the NCP chief.
Stating that the current situation was due to the "mismanagement of food economy," Prasad charged that the price of sugar rose despite the Centre distributing over 11 lakh tonnes during the Maharashtra assembly polls.
Seeking an answer from the Manmohan Singh government as to "why the prices of essential commodities rise only during the Congress dispensation", Prasad claimed that prices of essentials did not gallop during the Atal Behari Vajpayee regime though 14 states experienced severe droughts besides cyclone and earthquake.
"Despite all odds the country under AB Vajpayee's regime exported crop food produce worth Rs 10,000 crore to 25 countries across the world," the BJP leader said.